Trump: Anyone who burns American flag should face ‘consequences’

(AP) – Donald Trump says that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified “consequences,” such as jail or a loss of citizenship.

The president-elect’s tweet is a direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. It comes as he works to name a secretary of state.

He tweets: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” It was not clear what prompted the tweet Tuesday morning.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that flag-burning is protected by the First Amendment.

Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy suggested on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday that Trump’s tweet was wrong. He said, “We want to protect those people who want to protest….I disagree with Mr. Trump on that.”

Duffy is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s panel on oversight and investigations.

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2 comments

  • Bob

    Donald Trump says that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified “consequences,” such as jail or a loss of citizenship.

    I could not agree more.
    I wish he would add anyone who takes a knee when the Star Sparkle Banner is sung.

    When an individual decides to take a knee, or burn the flag, it shows disrespect to our Country and the brave men and woman who gave all to defend it.

    I am personally past tired of the jerks who are more than happy to take everything the United States has to offer, yet disrespect out flag.